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RHA urges smooth truck movement post-Brexit

By Simon Warburton | 24 January 2020

Britain's Road Haulage Association (RHA) is urging UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson ensure trucks continue to move freely between the UK and EU after Brexit.

RHA chief executive, Richard Burnett called on the Prime Minister to secure a deal with the European Commission which would maintain unlimited road haulage access between the territories.

The RHA proposes a Market Access Agreement to allow UK hauliers to continue to travel to, through and from the EU without having to apply for permits – with reciprocal arrangements for EU hauliers.

In a letter to the Prime Minister, Burnett called for "clear and practical rules around the operation of lorries undertaking international transport," and urged negotiators to agree these quickly. 

He warned failing to meet the needs of haulage "will result in significant disruption across major parts of both UK and EU economies."

Burnett reiterated the RHA's commitment to offer advice and develop solutions to ensure road haulage continues to function efficiently after the transition period.

Following Royal Assent of the Withdrawal Assent Bill yesterday (23 January), the UK is due to leave the European Union on 31 January.